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POLITICIANS in Venezuela’s US-backed National Assembly said yesterday that they plan to hold elections as soon as possible once the democratically elected president, Nicolas Maduro, is toppled.
However, Constituent Assembly President Diosdado Cabello fired back yesterday, threatening to hold early legislative elections that could unseat the right-wing opposition from the defunct National Assembly.
“We won’t skip a beat,” Mr Cabello said. “We have no doubt that imperialism governs the Venezuelan right wing.”
Pope Francis said yesterday that he had received a request from Mr Maduro to help relaunch talks with the opposition and to end the country’s political crisis. However, the Pope said he hadn’t yet read it.
“I’ll have a look at the letter,” he said. “I’ll see what can be done. But the preliminary conditions are that both sides ask for it.”
Juan Guaido has said that any dialogue with the government must start with negotiating the terms of Mr Maduro’s exit.
Mr Maduro said: “I ask the Pope to put forth his best effort, his willingness to help us move down a path of dialogue and hopefully a positive response.”
Meanwhile in the United States on the same day, US President Donald Trump’s war-obsessed national security adviser John Bolton met Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo at the White House.
In a tweet after the meeting Mr Bolton said he and Mr Araujo, a conspiracy theorist and climate change denier, discussed “mutual support for Venezuela’s interim president Guaido, including logistics for providing humanitarian assistance for the Venezuelan people.
“The United States-Brazil alliance is stronger than ever,” he tweeted.
“President Trump has acted swiftly to confront the usurpation of power, corruption [and] human suffering caused by Maduro.
“We are proud to stand with the people of Venezuela, their interim president Juan Guaido [and] the National Assembly in favour of democracy and prosperity.”
So far 16 countries, and the EU, have ignored international law and fallen in line with Mr Trump’s regime change policy after US Vice-President Mike Pence anointed Mr Guaido on Twitter as Venezuela’s self-declared interim president last month.
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